PPG has announced its custom refinish painting class schedule for April, May and June. Custom painting classes cover a variety of creative topics and are held at PPG Business Development Centers throughout the United States. The classes are part of PPG’s overall commitment to training and are designed to help technicians skillfully use PPG products to create imaginative custom paint finishes for cars and trucks.

Classes are offered for paint technicians at all levels — professionals, custom builders, hobbyists and others — and are led by expert instructors. The classes include lectures, Q&A sessions, informal discussions and hands-on experience in the spray booth.

Classes are designed to keep PPG customers at the leading edge of industry developments, design trends and paint techniques. This quarter’s classes include lowrider design instruction and automotive restoration seminars.

Lowrider design covers trends in paint schemes, colors and techniques for creating special effects such as tape shading and lace painting.

Restoration seminars address the challenges involved in the automotive restoration process. Topics highlight PPG techniques and products for successfully prepping and painting bare metal, blasted steel, plastic parts and body filler.

Comprehensive instruction in custom painting courses also covers surface preparation, the selection and proper use of the PPG undercoats, topcoats and clearcoats for different types of projects and paint application best practices.

Custom classes focus on several PPG brands including Vibrance Collection® products and their compatibility with PPG solvent-borne and waterborne offerings such as the Deltron® and Envirobase® High Performance systems.

To learn more about PPG training classes, specific course descriptions, dates, locations and registration instructions, visit us.ppgrefinish.com/training or call (800) 647-6050. Early registration is encouraged; classes fill quickly. Check back frequently: New classes may be introduced throughout the year.

PPG has teamed up with celebrated airbrush artist Shannon MacDonald for what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring airbrush artists. On July 17–18, at the PPG Business Development Center in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, Shannon MacDonald will lead a high-energy, two-day advanced airbrushing class in which she will share her airbrushing techniques and demonstrate the many advantages of using Envirobase® High Performance waterborne basecoat for airbrush work.

Shannon is well known for her energetic and hyperrealistic art. Her paintings hang at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Liverpool’s Hard Day’s Night Hotel. She’s been honored with the formal title “The “World’s Greatest Beatles Artist” by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and touted on numerous television shows including Good Morning America and Oprah. Her work adorns guitars, drums, motorcycles, boats and cars, and she’s renowned for her canvases, posters and illustrations that portray celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment. Her work can also be seen at the PPG booth at the annual SEMA Show.

This fast-paced class will give airbrush artists the chance to take their talents to a new and dynamic level as they learn Shannon’s techniques for

  • Creating warm and cool color effects
  • Understanding how colors react to and complement each other
  • Color matching and creating color combinations
  • Color mixing
  • Properly using the electric eraser to add highlights and textures
  • Employing an X-ACTO knife for fine hair textures, thin cracks and ultra-fine details
  • Painting an ultra-detailed piece of art with just 12 colors
  • Using Envirobase® High Performance basecoat’s features to get the effects you want

“This is a very exciting opportunity that serious airbrush artists should not ignore,” said Steve Lehner, PPG zone manager, BDC services. “Shannon is one of the best. Her work is internationally known. She understands the industry, and she has so much to teach up-and-comers. It will be a genuinely rewarding experience for anyone who attends.”

Airbrush artists who are serious about developing their talent are encouraged to register for the class. Airbrush experience is required; students must have completed the PPG Basic Airbrushing course to participate.

Class Details:

July 17–18, 2018

PPG Business Development Denter, 4325 Rosanna Dr.
Allision Park, Pennsylvania 15101


Contact your PPG distributor or call the PPG Refinish Training Department at (800) 647-6050 and follow prompts to the training department.

Participants will paint on prepared metal PPG panels. Gravity feed airbrushes, electric erasers, waterborne tapes, special pencils, X-ACTO knives and PPE will be provided. Students may bring one or more of their own gravity feed airbrushes and other tools for faster color change.

More information about this and other PPG classes visit http://us.ppgrefinish.com/PPG-Refinish/training.aspx, or call (800) 647-6050.

PPG has announced its schedule of collision refinish training classes for the second quarter of 2018. Collision refinish courses set for April, May and June will cover PPG premium brands including the Envirobase® High Performance, Aquabase® Plus, Deltron® and Global Refinish System® lines. All classes are structured to ensure that paint technicians are up to date with PPG products, processes and technological advances.

Classes are led by expert instructors, take one to two days each and are held at PPG Business Development Centers and various field locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants receive classroom instruction and, when appropriate, hands-on experience in the spray booth.

PPG training is the most extensive in the refinish industry. Programs offer a broad range of topics from product selection, equipment and color tools to surface preparation and paint application best practices and more.

Of particular importance are the certification classes offered for each PPG brand. PPG refinish technicians must be certified every two years. When PPG paint technicians and their respective collision centers are certified, the centers may offer the PPG Lifetime Limited Paint Performance Guarantee to their customers.

If accurate color matching is of special interest, PPG offers color-specific training classes titled “Eye for Color” and “PPG Color.” These classes cover color theory and its practical application in matching and tinting refinish waterborne and solvent-borne colors; they also offer an in-depth look at associated color tools. Hands-on exercises provide technicians with product and color tool exposure along with training on various blending techniques.

All PPG classes allow opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A sessions with the trainers. Classes are available in French or Spanish in some locations.

Complete course descriptions, dates, locations and registration instructions can be found here. Classes fill quickly and early registration is encouraged.

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